TAIT, Gilbert Innes
(Service number 10062)

Aliases Bert
First Rank Private Last Rank Lance Corporal


Date 29 September 1888 Place of Birth Greymouth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Maima, Tokomaru Bay
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Captain J. TAIT (father), Harbourmaster, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 11th Reinforcements, K Company
Date 1 April 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

October 1917 in hospital - severe case

Post-war Occupations

Shipping manager


Date 9 November 1957 Age 69 years
Place of Death Auckland
Memorial or Cemetery Waikumete Crematorium, Auckland
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Gilbert Innes Tait, known as Bert, was the third son of Captain James Tait, harbourmaster at Timaru, and his wife Harriet née Irvine. His oldest brother died in 1911 at Timaru; his second brother, Allan George Tait, served with the Territorial Force and twice endeavoured to enlist but was appealed for by the Timaru Boys' High School Board of Govenors, where he was a master and later headmaster. And his two younger brothers, William Irvine Tait and Ivan Howard Tait, also served in World War One, Ivan to die a civilian in World War Two. Bert was on active service and had been reported wounded just the week before his father died quite suddenly on 4 November 1917. His brother A. G. Tait was the father of the distinguished Admiral Sir Allan Gordon Tait. Gilbert married Ruth Constance Humphries in 1930.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [26 February 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [26 February 2017]; Timaru Herald, 1 November 1917, Press, 6 November 1917 (Papers Past) [26 & 27 February 2017]

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